“A tree house should never overpower the tree in which it is built. It should sit lightly in the branches.” –Jeanie Stiles
Have you ever dreamed of having a treehouse in your backyard? Jeanie Stiles and her husband David did, so they designed one for their children, beginning with the sketch you see above. They say it was inspired by The Lord of the Rings, but this picture makes me think more of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin in the Hundred Acre Wood than Hobbits. Can’t you just imagine Owl peeking out from one of those windows?
The Stiles family treehouse was featured in Architectural Digest, which says:
Protected from weather and adults, the kid-size interior forms a cozy hide-away, inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a favorite of the children’s.
(Photos by Billy Cunningham.)
My kids would love this. But I’m afraid they’d have to fight me for it. I’d be sneaking up into that treehouse every afternoon with a book in one hand and a cold glass of lemonade in the other.“Where did Mom go?” “Did you check the treehouse?”